The flying man has a round head with short hair and stubble that covers the lower half of his face. The flying man has ears, a small mouth, and a long, cylindrical nose, and his eyes are usually closed. He is dressed in a white bathrobe with the sash undone and, underneath, dark pants.
The flying man flies forward and the player controls him by tapping left to move him upwards or tapping left to move him downwards. In the browser version of Endless Doves and the Nitrome Jam version of 8bit Doves, these actions are performed with the and keys. The flying man dies if he impacts a wall or a hazard.